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The tender attentions of Willson, including his role in shaping gay or bisexual actors into ostensibly straight-arrow silver-screen idols, were no secret in the business but jealously kept under wraps from the audiences who bought tickets for the fantasy played out in fan magazines.
Willson was the face of a cynical system, supported by an unseen infrastructure of fixers and studio connections who enabled the mythmaking.
The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson 1 is bursting with impressive research and remarkably frank interviews with surviving veterans of the dreamboat factory, while Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star by Tab Hunter with film noir historian Eddie Muller 2 gives a unique inside glimpse at the dilemmas of living a double life, straight leading man by day yet conducting a lively after-hours affair with rival idol Anthony Perkins under the very flashbulbs of the publicity machine.
Both books remind us of how far — yet how little — the culture has progressed in half a century. Gay Hollywoodwhich shone a spotlight on this hidden sociocultural history of the American studio system just before it ruptured in the early s. At that time, coming out was akin to career hara-kiri, and prosecutable to boot not just among actors, of course.
While certain high-profile producers and directors are now out and presumably proud, more than a few gay actors and their handlers are still saddled with problems that Willson would recognize.
Embodying the buttoned-down prejudices and repressions of the McCarthy era upheld by closeted gay figures like Roy Cohn and J. Transmitted in America by well-funded fan rags like Photoplay and Modern Screen, and by powerful gossip columnists like Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, this was a pop culture world of dubiously wholesome frolics as starlets and studlets lobbed volleyballs on the beach, roasted wienies beside the backyard pool, and double-dated to publicize studio productions.
Henry Willson made himself a key player by implementing the business model of agent and career coach, investing thousands in living expenses, cosmetic makeovers, fashion guidance, and acting lessons for his hopeful wannabes. Merle sounded like I ought to go out in the farmyard and do the chores.
The ever irreverent Hofler digs up some choice suggestions from comedian Kaye Ballard: Canny mega-producer David O. The heart of the make-believe was the straight date, preferably to attend a studio premiere, so Willson cultivated a harem of beards to facilitate photo ops. All the straight guys were coming on to me.
I was a virgin. Many thought nothing of sleeping with another man, if it got them a job. No one wanted to sleep with Henry. I said she could be a movie star! Maybe sex was talent. At his service was an entire infrastructure of fixers: The big guns were reserved for serious damage control. The granddaddy of tell-all tabloids, Confidential magazine constituted the biggest threat to the dreamboat myth.
Evidence seems to point to Willson himself offering up the reputations of Rory Calhoun exposed as a veteran of stints in several federal pens, including maximum security at San Quentin and Tab Hunter revealed as an arrestee when police raided an all-male party in in a bargain move to save Rock Hudson from the predations of Confidential in any event, the relatively second-tier careers of both men survived while Hudson burgeoned to superstardom.
At the funeral, Rory Calhoun served as a pallbearer at the funeral, but Rock only sent flowers and Tab Hunter skipped the event.
A million golden boys passed through Hollywood, but none looked more golden than Tab Hunter and few enjoyed more luck. His athletic but still callow presence asserted a kind of pectoral tension that reliably pressed hot buttons in the audience, whether youthful or youth-seeking. In Hollywood, he soon found himself giving Geraldine Page driving lessons, playing poker with Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth, touring with the Everly Brothers, reassuring an insecure Fred Astaire about his acting, and spilling champagne on Princess Grace.
All that and he survived the Confidential scandal too: The postwar pin-up prototype was the now forgotten Guy Madison, but Tab Hunter was smarter than Guy, as Willson freely admitted.
Admirably straightforward, if not exactly unsparing about himself, Tab settles a few scores though he got along with co-stars John Wayne and Lana Turner in The Sea Chase, not so with director John Farrow: Theater with Carol Burnettuntil Clayton introduced the blond hopeful to his influential colleague Henry Willson.
Well, maybe it was. The difference was Warner Bros. He was a triple threat. A gay man flaunting her kind of cavalier lifestyle would have been deported.
Arriving in Spain to shoot a western, Tab ran into Jeffrey Hunter above who was about to start a thriller.
For a prank, they figured: Jeff did the western. I did the thriller. No one was the wiser. Having spent most of his career in the dreamboat closet, Hunter presents certain drawbacks as a gay icon, though not as many as Willson.
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